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Fine amnesty the perfect chance to pay your local library a visit

17 March 2017

You know that overdue book floating around you’ve forgotten to take back to the library?

Now is the time to return your overdue books, with Mitchell Shire’s four libraries having a fine amnesty.

Throughout May, fines will be wiped upon return of overdue books, no questions asked.

Fines for not retuning books in time aim to encourage people to bring back their loaned items so that they can be used by other members of the community.

Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said many people didn’t intentionally not return their books.

“Many people in our community have increasingly busy lifestyles so it’s easy to see how retuning a library book could slip someone’s mind,” Cr Sanderson said.

“People may even be embarrassed that they have forgotten to return a book and have outstanding items with fines.

“That’s the beauty of this fine amnesty, there are no questions asked.

“It gives people a chance to make a fresh start and continuing using our wonderful library services without having a fine hanging over their heads.”

The libraries will also be hosting a book sale throughout May, with single books for 50 cents, magazines for 20 cents, or $2 for a standard-sized plastic bag full, until sold out.

Mitchell Shire Customer and Library Service Centre are located at Broadford, Kilmore, Seymour and Wallan.

For more information phone (03) 5782 1322 or email libraries@mitchellshire.vic.gov.au